14 Things Feng Shui Experts Want You to Throw Out Right Now
Does the good energy flow in your home and promote happiness and success? If you’re making any of the following mistakes, the answer is no.
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Replace withered or dying plants
Healthy plants exude vitality and enhance the good chi throughout your space. But withered or dying plants bring down your home's energy. And let's face it—they're depressing to look at, too. Weber recommends "looking around at any plants that aren't thriving. If your ivy has seen better days, replace it with a new, lush plant."
Throw out items with negative associations
In feng shui, the goal is to promote your well-being by surrounding yourself with positive energy. Carter says that holding onto items that drudge up negative reminders every time you see them doesn't contribute to the overall positive vibe of your home. So if you're storing crutches from a skiing accident in the back of your closet, you should throw them out right away. For some more inspiration, here are 43 things in your home to get rid of in the next 43 days.
Relocate your desk
No, you shouldn't get rid of your desk altogether, but you may need to move it. While seated at your desk, you want to be able to see the door and who is coming into the room. Moving your desk to a power position—one with an easy view of the door—can have a positive impact on how you feel about your work.
Ditch damaged kitchenware
"When we use chipped dishes for eating and scratched pans to cook with, their damage confers poor health and impoverishment," says Weber. She suggests discarding dented silverware and pans, as well as chipped mugs, plates, and bowls. And if you want to tackle organization room by room, here are some things in your bathroom that you should absolutely get rid of.
Fix broken items
Damaged items are bad when it comes to your feng shui, but broken ones are worse. Why? Broken things equal being broke and having diminished financial energy, explains Weber. But just because something is broken doesn't mean you should automatically toss it—just don't let it stay broken for long. "If something is broken in your home, fix it," she says simply. "If it can't be fixed, throw it out or replace it." Check out this guide to things you're keeping in your home that professional organizers would throw out.